Developer and Contractor, McAleer & Rushe, has begun construction on The Brinell Building, Brighton’s first new office development since Brexit.  The development is due to complete in January 2019.

Knight Frank and SHW have been appointed as joint-letting agents for the 65,000 sq ft new build office.  The Brinell Building, designed to a Grade A office specification, comprises seven storeys and roof terraces with views across Brighton and the seafront. The development is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and includes amenities such as secure underground car and cycle parking, electrical car charging points, private changing booths and showers, a drying room and a double height reception.

Angus Monteith, London Property Director at McAleer & Rushe said: “We are delighted to be underway with construction of The Brinell Building and we look forward to the building completing in January 2019.  The 65,000 sq ft building is double the size of our last Brighton office project at CityView which was a real success.  It was an easy decision to push ahead with construction when we have a well-designed building in a great location and the undersupply of the Brighton office market is seeing rents and values rise.”

Emma Goodford, Head of National Offices at Knight Frank LLP, said: “There’s been a dearth of good quality office stock in Brighton at a time when we’ve seen increased demand through an expanding workforce and a burgeoning residential offer. The Brinell Building is the first new build since Brexit and McAleer & Rushe has a track record for developing in Brighton after completing CityView in 2016 (32,000 sq ft), which leased to tenants on completion including Rocketmill, Ideal Networks and Unity Technologies.

“The Brinell Building is in a prime location next to the station and its design will attract media and tech companies as well as appealing to financial and business occupiers.  I forecast it to achieve record-breaking rents for the city and lease up ahead of completion in Spring 2019.”

Brighton has a growing new digital, media and technology sector which has developed beside established corporate companies that include American Express, BUPA, Kimberly-Clark, EDF, Mott MacDonald and Lloyds Bank.

The Brinell Building sits in the heart of Brighton’s office district and is located only a three-minute walk from Brighton station which provides frequent trains to Gatwick Airport and Central London. Brighton’s buzzing independent coffee shops, retailers, restaurants and bars can be found just 50 metres away.

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